Two more studies pour cold water on hydroxychloroquine as Covid-19 treatment

Grant Boone
May 19, 2020

He said he asked the White House physician about taking it.

"I've taken it about a week and a half now, and I'm still here".

Trump was responding to a question about Dr. Rick Bright, the former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, who told Congress he was transferred to another job after he declined to be pressured to push hydroxychloroquine despite studies suggesting it could cause serious side effects, including death. "And all I can tell you is, so far I seem to be okay". "A lot of people to take it a lot of frontline workers are taking hydroxychloroquine". "I hope not to be taking it soon".

"This is a, a pill that's been used for a long time for 30, 40 years on the malaria and or lupus to, and even on arthritis I guess from what I understand, so it's been heavily tested in terms of", Trump said. I've heard a lot of good stories. Its effects on coronavirus are still under review with multiple clinical trials. "Not going to get hurt by it".

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The findings do not support the use of hydroxychloroquine in patients hospitalised with Covid-19 pneumonia, said the team led by Matthieu Mahevas, from the department of internal medicine at Henri-Mondor Hospital, Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris. Two new ones published Thursday in the medical journal BMJ reached the same conclusion.

But the USA government agency has cited reports that the drug can cause serious heart rhythm problems in Covid-19 patients, as it warned last month against use of the medication outside hospitals.

'If you look at that phony report that was put - in that report or the hydroxy was given to people that were an extraordinarily bad condition, extraordinary bad people that were dying. No, I think for whatever it's worth I take I was, ' he said.

The FDA has warned of serious side effects of the drug now unapproved to treat COVID-19, though touted by the White House.

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